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January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Taurus, Lincoln MKS for Door Handles

Photo of Ford Taurus courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The action affects approximately 205,000 vehicles in the 2010-2013 model years.

Tags: Ford Taurus, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Mid-Size Sedans, Luxury Sedans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Opens Silicon Valley Research Center

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has opened a research center in Silicon Valley to accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Ford, Automated Driving

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Expedition Draws 5-Star NHTSA Score

Photo courtesy of Ford.

To qualify for the highest possible overall rating, the vehicle received five-star ratings in the frontal crash and side crash tests.

Tags: Crash Tests, Ford, 2015-MY, Large SUVs, NHTSA, Ford Expedition

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, 2015-MY, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Ford

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ford's GT Supercar Lightens Weight with Carbon Fiber

Photo of Ford GT courtesy of Ford.

Ford has reintroduced its GT supercar with an innovative light-weighting strategy that uses carbon fiber and an ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine.

Tags: Supercar, Ford, Carbon Fiber, Lightweighting, Aluminum

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Compact Van Segment Grows 28 Percent

Photo of 2015 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit Connect paced a 28 percent increase in sales of compact vans in 2014 in a segment that saw the introduction of one new model with a second model debuting in early 2015.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Trends, Ford, Nissan NV200

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Former Ford Fleet Director Retires


Ford has elevated Mark LaNeve to the role of vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service to replace John Felice, a former Ford fleet executive who retires after 30 years with the company.

Tags: Retirement, Ford, Automotive Executives, Promotions

January 6, 2015 - Global News

Brazil Auto Sales Dip in 2014

Vehicle sales in Brazil dropped last year despite hefty government incentives, as a weak economy weighed on consumer confidence.

Tags: Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, Brazil, Market Conditions

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Mobile Apps to Refreshed SYNC

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford is unveiling a slew of mobile apps available for its SYNC AppLink that range from minute-by-minute weather updates to safety features to discourage drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Ford, Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile Apps

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

GM Tops Total Fleet Deliveries for 2014

General Motors shipped its new mid-size pickups in late 2014. Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors sold the most fleet vehicles in 2014 on the strength of its daily rental fleet sales, while Ford delivered the most vehicles to commercial and government fleets amid a rising tide of vehicle sales to close out the year.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Ford, General Motors, FCA US

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Ford SYNC to Offer People-Locator Mobile App

The Life360 application will include Drive Mode, a new capability that automatically alerts the user's circle when he or she is driving so text messaging can be postponed.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Ford, Mobile Apps

January 4, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Escape, Lincoln MKC SUVs

Photo of 2014 Ford Escape courtesy of Ford.

As part of two new recalls, Ford dealers will address issues related to fuel pumps and the location of push-button keyless ignition switches.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Lincoln MKC, Compact SUVs

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Debuts F-150 Ads In College Football Playoff

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will launch a comprehensive marketing campaign for its aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup during the first-ever college football playoff on New Year's Day with TV commercials, Web episodes, radio ads, event marketing, and a mobile device campaign.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Ford, Advertising, 2015-MY

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships 2015 F-150 Trucks to Dealers

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has shipped more than 8,000 2015 F-150 pickup trucks to dealers, and the trucks should arrive in the next few days at dealers across the country.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Order-to-Delivery Times, Vehicle Transportation, Ford, Dealers, 2015-MY

December 19, 2014 - Press Release

Ford Ensures Parts Availability for New Models

Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100% of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model launches are available when vehicles hit showroom floors.

Tags: Ford, OEM Parts, Parts Management

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

FCA US, Ford to Recall Vehicles for Air Bag Controls

The recalls will affect more than 1 million vehicles equipped with restraint control modules manufactured by Robert Bosch LLC.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Air Bags, NHTSA, FCA US, Bosch

December 16, 2014 - Press Release

Ford Employees Volunteer for Holidays

Photo courtesy of Ford.

More than 700 Ford employees helped out in soup kitchens, food banks, shelters and care centers in eight different states to help feed the hungry during the holiday season.

Tags: Charity, Ford

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Ford Revamps SYNC Infotainment System

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is rolling out a new communications and entertainment system for the 2016 model year called Sync 3 that replaces MyFord Touch as Ford launches the third generation of its connected-car system.

Tags: Infotainment Systems, Ford, Ford SYNC

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cummings Mobility Recalls Vans for Wheelchair Lifts

Photo of Ford E-Series van courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recalled modified vans have Ricon-manufactured wheelchair lifts at risk for cracking.

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, Ford, Chevrolet Express, Paratransit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Ford E-Series, Ricon, Cummings Mobility Conversion & Supply, Dodge Sprinter

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 2015 Mustangs for Fire Risk

Photo of 2015 Mustang courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects 728 2015 model-year cars that may have a faulty fuel pressure sensor that can lead to a pressurized fuel leak.

Tags: Recalls, Ford Mustang, Ford, 2015-MY, Sports Cars

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

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